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French hopes narrow as Gasquet pulls out

Latest update : 2009-05-25

Top French tennis player Richard Gasquet, eighth-seeded in the French Open, withdrew Monday from the tournament just hours before his first round game over a knee injury.

REUTERS - France's Richard Gasquet has pulled out of the French Open with a knee injury, organisers said on Monday.

 

The French number one, who was seeded eighth, injured his left knee and will have a scan later in the day.

 

"Gasquet has withdrawn because of a sudden blockage of his left knee," organisers said in a statement.

 

Gasquet, who was scheduled to play compatriot Florent Serra in the first round on Monday, has been replaced in the draw by Colombian Santiago Giraldo.

 

The 21-year-old Gasquet has had a disappointing season so far, winning 10 matches and losing as many, prompting a change of coach last weekend.

 

Organisers added that German Florian Mayer, who was due to play Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, also withdrew because of gastro-enteritis. He will be replaced by Russian Evgeny Korolev.

Date created : 2008-05-26

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